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Cargill recalls 36m pounds of ground turkey on salmonella fears

Cargill recalls 36m pounds of ground turkey on salmonella fears

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Cargill Value Added Meats Retail has initiated a voluntary recall of about 36 million pounds of ground turkey products because of possible salmonella contamination, although there is still no conclusive evidence of the outbreak source, the company has...

Study finds favored formats for aҫai products in California

Study finds favored formats for aҫai products in California

By Jess Halliday

Sorbet, juice, and smoothies came up trumps in a study to assess young women’s preferences for functional foods containing açai pulp, with flavor and aftertaste the most important attributes, according to a new study from California.

Stevia awareness continues to grow, says PureCircle

Stevia awareness continues to grow, says PureCircle

Stevia supplier PureCircle has said that stevia awareness has grown to 62 percent in the United States, up from 46 percent a year earlier, according to new survey results from its PureCircle Insights Group.

Fortification drives consumer definition of ‘healthy’

Fortification drives consumer definition of ‘healthy’

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Fortification and added healthy ingredients are stronger factors in driving purchases of foods perceived as healthy than absence of less healthy ingredients like sugar, saturated fat and sodium, according to the results of a new survey.

Survey suggests store brands could be losing appeal

Survey suggests store brands could be losing appeal

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Store brands are still perceived favorably by consumers but they may be losing some of their appeal, according to the results of a new poll conducted by market research firm Ipsos Marketing.

The range is sourced from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices

Chr. Hansen rolls out 3rd generation natural colors

By Stephen Daniells

Chr Hansen is expanding the ‘clean label’ options for manufacturers with its new series of natural colors for the US food and beverage industries sourced from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Super Size Me...

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most caloric of them all?

By Elaine Watson

Calorie labeling, healthier options and reformulation work notwithstanding, some of America’s biggest restaurant chains are still selling products so eye-wateringly caloric that diners eating just one course are getting all the calories they need for...

How do you sell healthy blood glucose to consumers?

Special edition: Diabetes

How do you sell healthy blood glucose to consumers?

By Elaine Watson

While a dietary solution to the ticking time bomb of type 2 diabetes would appear to have huge commercial potential, the US market for foods and supplements that keep our blood glucose levels healthy has yet to set the world on fire.

Professor: Across the board sodium reduction is needed

Sodium: Campbell u-turn a cautionary tale, say branding experts

By Elaine Watson

While Campbell Soup’s reduced sodium u-turn pales into insignificance when compared with the New Coke debacle, it should serve as a cautionary tale for all food manufacturers embarking on reformulation work, according to marketing experts.

Beverage brand loyalty in freefall as consumers turn 'super fickle'

Beverage brand loyalty in freefall as consumers turn 'super fickle'

By Elaine Watson

With brand loyalty in the beverage aisles “in freefall” manufacturers have to work harder to excite consumers with new ideas from retro-style acid phosphates to drinking vinegar and Horchata, according to market researchers at The Hartman Group.

Average US milk consumption slumps 8 percent in past decade

Average US milk consumption slumps 8 percent in past decade

By Elaine Watson

Average milk consumption in the US dropped eight percent from 22.4 gallons per person a year in 2000 to 20.6 gallons in 2009 and will continue to slide over the next decade, according to Tetra Pak’s Dairy Index report for 2011.

To boldly go ...

Special edition: Highlights from IFT 2011 – part two

By Elaine Watson

It’s food Jim, but not as we know it … From the latest on NASA’s food research and the next generation of high oleic cooking oils to the rise and rise of Greek yogurt, this year’s IFT show was brimming with new ideas and technologies. Here’s part two...

Special edition: Highlights from IFT 2011 – part one

Special edition: Highlights from IFT 2011 – part one

By Elaine Watson

Last month's IFT show in New Orleans was jam-packed with provocative presentations on everything from how to stop the 'lunatic fringe' hi-jacking the debate on food science to whether saturated fat deserves its reputation as a dietary bogeyman....

Organic market growth still outpaces conventional

Organic market growth still outpaces conventional

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

US sales of organic foods and beverages continued to outpace conventional grocery sales in 2010, with the market growing 8.5 percent to reach $23.2bn at retail, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.

Industry innovation on show: Sodium reduction at IFT

Industry innovation on show: Sodium reduction at IFT

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Food manufacturers continue to seek ways to cut sodium without sacrificing flavor - and ingredients companies continue to find innovative solutions. Caroline Scott-Thomas tracked down some interesting offerings at IFT.

Exploring a new interactive approach to formulation

Exploring a new interactive approach to formulation

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Univar Food Ingredients has developed an interactive formulation tool, bringing together trend data, technical expertise and case studies to help food manufacturers in effective new product development.

USP seeks comments on new FCC standards

USP seeks comments on new FCC standards

US Pharmacopeia (USP) has said it is seeking industry comments on new quality standards for several functional food, food coloring and infant formula ingredients, for the latest Food Chemicals Codex.

Growing numbers of shoppers are spending less than $50 at a time on fewer than 15 items

Forget the weekly shop. Shoppers are on a more specific mission

By Elaine Watson

Grocery shoppers are increasingly hitting food stores on a “narrowly focused mission” – perhaps shopping for a specific meal, or because they have run out of something – rather than stocking up for the week, according to Packaged Facts.

Is healthy food more expensive than junk food?

Is healthy food more expensive than junk food?

By Elaine Watson

New research into food prices shows that unhealthy options are not always more affordable, although the relative cheapness of soft drinks, refined grains and starchy veg vs healthier alternatives means Americans “may have an economic incentive to consume...

The Nutrition Keys prototype

Nutrition Keys is ‘abuse of trust’: NEJM commentary

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Nutrition Keys front-of-pack labeling system unveiled by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute last year is an industry abuse of trust, claims a new commentary.

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